Hapa Izakaya @Kitsilano 1-A whole new experience ;)
The first Hapa Izakaya I went to was their Yaletown location (post here) and I didn't really like it. I like the food, though. It's just the atmosphere wasn't quite right for me...maybe that's just only me hmm :/
Anyway, so why would I end up in their Kitsilano location? Dine Out Vancouver is the answer to the question (yes I know it was long long time ago...) My friend invited me to go Dine out with her at Hapa; however, the Dine Out Vancouver menu was only available at their Kitsilano location. So before heading to the YVR airport that night, I decided to give myself a little break from all the school work, and went to Hapa with my friend as a treat for myself :)
Hapa Izakaya (Kitsilano)
1516 Yew Street, Vancouver BC
Food: n/a (I should rate when I come again next time!)
Fri & Sat 5:30pm-1am
Parking is available along the street. (Not bad, you can find a spot easily :))
Other locations: Robson & Yaletown
Gets busier as it gets later. (Hint: Reservation is highly recommended!)
They have (private?) functions occasionally, so make sure that they are available that night.
(Sorry for the crappy photo...) This is only part of their interior. They have more seatings behind this area, and also a bar.
You can check out their menus and fresh sheets on their website.
For the Dine Out menu (which cost $28), you could choose between these three menus: Vegetarian, Meat, or Seafood. Each menu included three items: Appetizer, Main Dish, and Dessert.
My friend and I did not spend much time deciding. We chose...
The Seafood menu!! :D
Mixed sashimi on a bed of organic greens with soy herb dressing.
While there isn't much to say about the greens, I do like the soy herb dressing, which is not tangy but still gives enough flavour to the salad.
Aside from the ebi, they gave us one slice of sashimi of each fish. I remember eating tuna and salmon...but I already forgot what else is in there...
Ahi Tuna Steak-3.5/6
Seared ahi tuna drizzled with sesame sauce.
The tuna steak looks really good in the picture but I found the edge was pretty dry.
Luckily, the sauce saves the tuna steak this time. The sesame sauce tastes similar to the gomae sauce but this one is less salty and does not have a very strong nutty flavour.
Miso-marinated sablefish baked; garnished with seasonal veggie.
A very simple dish. As you can see from the photo above, the "seasonal veggies" are steamed baby carrots and long beans. The do not have much flavour, though. So I guess that's what those two circles are for: sauce!
The fish itself is very moist and soft. Again, the fish is very light in flavour so I did make good use of the sauce they provided :P
Halibut, scallops, carrots, fingerling potatoes and onions; topped with croutons and oba oil. Served with garlic toast.
This is their award-winning dish. My friend ordered it so I didn't give it a try. She liked it :)
The garlic toast actually came when my friend was almost done. LOL! We totally forgot about it, so we did not remind the server...
For desserts, I forgot to take a shot at the menu. Hapa only hadtwo types of desserts for Dine Out, and since we had two people, we decided to try one of each :D
Vanilla-scented creme brulee.
I like the way it looks but I was expecting more from "vanilla scented". Towards the end, I did find some vanilla bits; however, I wish this can be more flavourful.
By the way, the creme breluee has a strawberry inside! :)
Sesame crust, toppped with raspberry sauce.
My friend actually thought the flavour of the cheesecake would be sesame; however, it turned out only the crust was made of sesame.
Anyway, she enjoyed it and was happy that she chose the cheesecake instead of the creme brulee :P
Overall, I enjoyed my experience this time at Hapa Izakaya's Kitsilano location. I actually came back few weeks later and I will start another post on it for sure :D